Hillsdale, NJ
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Hillsdale is a somewhat small borough located in the state of New Jersey. With a population of 10,559 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Hillsdale is the 202nd largest community in New Jersey.

Hillsdale home prices are not only among the most expensive in New Jersey, but Hillsdale real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.

Hillsdale is a decidedly white-collar borough, with fully 90.21% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Hillsdale is a borough of professionals, sales and office workers, and managers. There are especially a lot of people living in Hillsdale who work in office and administrative support (13.72%), teaching (12.07%), and management occupations (11.15%).

Also of interest is that Hillsdale has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 8.06% of people work from home. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce it is high relative to the nation. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.

In addition, Hillsdale is home to many people who could be described as "urban sophisticates". Urban sophisticates are people who are both educated and wealthy, and thus tend to be older, richer, and more established than young professionals. "Urban sophisticates" is not just about being educated and well-off financially: it is a point of view and state of mind, one that you might call 'urbaneness'. But such people can and do regularly live in small towns, suburbs and rural areas, as well as in big cities. They read, support the arts and high-end shops, and love travel.

Because of many things, Hillsdale is a great place for families with children to consider. First of all, many other families with children live here, making Hillsdale a place where both parents and children are more likely to develop social ties with other families, as well as find family-oriented services and community. The borough’s good public school district and large population of college-educated adults provide an environment conducive to academic values. With regard to real estate, Hillsdale has a high rate of owner-occupied single family homes, which tends to reflect stability in the local community. Finally, Hillsdale’s overall crime rate ranks among the lowest in the country, making it one of the safest places to raise a family.

In Hillsdale, however, the average commute to work is quite long. On average, people spend 31.11 minutes each day getting to work, which is significantly higher than the national average. One bright side is that local public transit is widely used, so it may be an option to avoid the headache of driving in the heavy traffic by leaving the car at home and taking transit.

Despite being a small borough, Hillsdale has a lot of people using the train to get to and from work every day. Most of these people on the train are using it to get to good jobs in other cities.

Do you like to read, write and learn? If you move to Hillsdale, you'll likely find that many of your neighbors like to as well. Hillsdale is one of the more educated communities in America, with a full 52.90% of its adults having a college degree or even advanced degree, compared to a national average across all communities of 21.84%.

The per capita income in Hillsdale in 2010 was $44,801, which is upper middle income relative to New Jersey, and wealthy relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $179,204 for a family of four.

Hillsdale is a somewhat ethnically-diverse borough. The people who call Hillsdale home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Hillsdale residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Hillsdale include Italian, German, Polish, and Russian.

The most common language spoken in Hillsdale is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Chinese.

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